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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 15, 2007 1:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get your kicks in 1966!

1966 is the year where the Dead developed the most from one end of the year to the other.... I was listening to the, I think it's called "Primal 1966" set that CPW recommended, that has a few selections from Longshoremen's Hall in Feb '66, some 2-12-66 etc. And it's pretty primitive - Phil's playing is very simple, Weir can hardly be heard, Pigpen's organ is a big part of the mix, and Garcia just stumbles around in his solos with his needly notes. Garage-band Dead for sure, still learning their instruments! The Viola Lee jams seem very amateurish and short on ideas; of course they'd just started playing it, and I doubt there were many bands in Feb '66 who'd even think of putting a five-minute extended jam in a song. (Though many would soon follow.) The New Orleans must be one of the worst things the Dead ever inflicted on an audience, though they follow it up with a rather nice Twist & Shout. There are points in the Midnight Hour where Garcia has a more chiming tone, and it's closer to what it would become. (Pigpen's singing was already fully developed, even his "let me tell you a stor-ay" raps.) The Schoolgirl>You Don't Love Me>Schoolgirl is twenty excruciating minutes of tedium for me, it's so repetitive....
Already by the 3-12 & 3-25 shows, you can hear an improvement in the playing! And they keep getting better til by the fall they're getting the jamming down....

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 15, 2007 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get your kicks in 1966!

Yeah!

That's what I'm talking about!

Primitive, raw, warts and all... on their way to the top baby!

While you were kicking yourself with '66, I baked ya a cream puff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8XkrjmdAG8

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 15, 2007 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get your kicks in 1966!

I've been doing alot of 1966 lately. It's so f'ing fun.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 15, 2007 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get your kicks in 1966!

A year ago taper's section let loose of a few '66 numbers not found anywhere else, including a Mindbender with a very cool guitar solo.

They also shared the unusual Cream Puff War from the 1966 Rare Oddities release (that album is well worth getting, a collection of live and studio '66 previously unreleased stuff).


http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-...bruary-11-2007

Mindbender, from Feb 2, 1966.

With that nice Great Society-tinged lead break!


The page with the early '66 Cream Puff War featuring additional lyrics is at:
http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-...anuary-21-2007


A 30 minute+ filmed performance of the band in 1966 is The Acid Test - details at http://www.key-z.com/video.html

See the YT OT too!


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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 15, 2007 11:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get your kicks in 1966!

I think that video is from the 1-8-66 Test....which for some reason isn't on the Archive? Several blues numbers like King Bee & Death, which are interesting since they show that the Dead's approach to their blues songs changed very little over time.